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At Weingart Law Firm, we do everything in our power to prepare our clients, or future clients, for the worst. We’ve taught you what to do when you’re pulled over, the types of field sobriety tests, if you’re underage, and your rights to an attorney. But what our clients don’t often know is what happens to your personal life after a DUI arrest of conviction.
A DUI arrest or conviction doesn’t just end after the ticket or the court appearance. The reverberations of the event can affect other parts of your life that you may not have known about. Here we’re taking a look at 3 emotional and personal consequences of DUI that people may not know about.
At every job application, especially the ones online, there’s a section about prior convictions or arrests that you have to disclose. Many employers may feel uncomfortable hiring an individual with a DUI record, which can hinder your applications and employment prospects. This could definitely a red flag as well if you’re applying for jobs that require driving a delivery truck, sales, or other vehicle.
If you’re already employed and arrested for a DUI, the number of hours you may miss work could put a strain on your employment status. There’s often court appearances, possible time behind bars, or community service hours that can eat into your own work hours.
Let’s say that you are convicted of a DUI while employed or in the spotlight. If you’re the type who networks and makes a lot of professional connections, and it comes to light that you’ve been convicted, this could greatly affect those connections. Others may be less willing to work with you, or you can lose that trust.
Your personal relationships could be affected as well. An arrest or a conviction can be embarrassing, disappointing, or irritating for your friends and family. They may trust you less, smother you with expectation, or hover over you to monitor your behavior. Those closest to you may become distant, or you could be deemed dangerous to be around. If you’re thinking of drinking and driving, are your relationships worth it?
Some of life’s greatest investments take the form of education, scholarship, insurance and more. We’re focusing on just these three for now. Many schools may take it as a red flag if a future student has a DUI on their record. They may even refuse to accept the student or rescind a scholarship. Even college applications nowadays may ask if the student has an arrest record. Not disclosing this detail could mean trouble down the road.
Insurance is what protects us from the unexpected expense, whether it be medical, auto, home and more. On average, an individual’s auto insurance will shoot up to an incredible rate or may even be canceled entirely. If this happens to you, you will have to look into high-risk driver’s insurance which include high premiums that can last for years after your conviction.
Now that you’ve seen what a DUI charge can do against your life and your goals, it’s vital that you contact an experienced DUI attorney should this ever happen to you. We’ll work hard to fight your DUI charge or reduce the conviction and can get justice for your case. Our attorneys at Weingart Law Firm are ready to take action, so don’t hesitate to contact us about your case. We proudly serve clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, AZ. Call us for a free case consultation today.